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The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment has today, 20 November 2020, published the new Work Safely Protocol. The Work Safely Protocol is a revision of the Return to Work Safely Protocol published in May 2020. The revised Protocol incorporates the current advice on the Public...

Bullying is cited as grounds for almost 35% of unfair dismissal cases taken to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), with men more likely to be the alleged perpetrator, according to two studies on bullying and ageism carried out by Dublin City University. The research also found...

HSA release its 2019 Annual Report The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has released its Annual Report for 2019. The report outlines all the HSA’s activities during 2019 across its 5 “Strategic Priorities”, namely: 1. Regulate; 2. Promote; 3. Accredit; 4. Influence; 5. How We Work. Here are...

Study finds retail workers serving customers have fivefold risk of COVID-19 Research likely to raise questions over measures to protect retail staff from infection Retail workers serving customers are five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than their colleagues who do not interact with the...

Ireland moves to Level 5 COVID-19 Restrictions As of midnight on Wednesday 21 October all of Ireland will be placed on Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID. Level 5 restrictions will remain in place for a period of 6 weeks. Please see the following resources: Department...

The European Week for Health and Safety at Work is taking place from 19-23 October 2020.  This year’s European Safety Week is raising awareness about the new Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22 on the topic: Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load. This campaign aims to tackle work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). With hundreds of awareness-raising events taking...

Bill to protect vulnerable workers introduced 7 October 2020 The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020 was introduced in the Dáil on 7 October with the aim of protecting workers who cannot work from home in settings such as meat plants and care homes....

Tractor Safety Awareness Training Course launch amid the ongoing level of fatal injuries involving farm machinery 29 September 2020 The Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (with responsibility for Farm Safety), Martin Heydon T.D. and Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Safety Authority,...

Construction Safety Week is taking place from 19 to 23 October 2020. 2020 has been a difficult year across most industries. In construction, to add to the normal complexities of managing health and safety issues, there is now the added complication of managing COVID-19. While the...

Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an “occupational illness” 28 September 2020 Article published by TheJournal.ie  Ahead of a meeting with unions in July, the government expressed concern that classifying Covid-19 as an “occupational illness” – where incidences in work would have to be reported...

Construction sector mental health concerns raised in new report 20 August 2020 A new report has revealed that almost a quarter of construction firms have had an employee absent due to mental health issues. Work-related stresses, unrealistic targets and long hours are being cited by employers as the...

The dean of Harvard’s school of public health has called on firms to put public health professionals on their boards and in their top executive ranks to manage a pandemic threat that could hang over businesses for years. “I think what COVID does is lay bare just how essential it...

Safety advice from Teagasc ahead of upcoming busy time for many farmers and contractors who will be emptying slurry tanks before the 15 October deadline. 16 August 2020 Over the next few weeks many farmers and contractors will be busy emptying slurry tanks before the October...

HSA launches two Return to Work Safely courses 29 July 2020 The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has launched two online Return to Work courses. These new courses, the Return to Work Safely Induction and Lead Worker Representative, have been developed to help give employers and...

Lower income essential workers at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 28 July 2020 A new report published on 28 July 2020 by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found that low income frontline workers, considered to be essential to the economic and social health...

Department of Health issues new posters relating to face masks 23 July 2020 Three updated posters relating to face masks now available from the Department of Health website: One specifying mandatory on public transport One specifying that they are strongly advised in shops, and One catch-all...

Mental Health First Aid Ireland survey shines a light on the impact of working from home on Irish workers 22 July 2020 A recent survey of just under 1,200 people who were working from home during May and June 2020 has raised concerns over the negative impact...

It's Time To Take Safety Seriously - Farm Safety Week 2020 Monday, 20 July 2020 Today (Monday, 20 July 2020) is the start of Farm Safety Week 2020. This annual campaign, now in its eight year, aims to raise farm safety awareness and to bring about a change...

COVID-19 safety measures taken by NISO As a limited number of health and safety training courses have resumed in the NISO Training Centre, NISO has put the following safety measures into place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our learners and staff...

Health and Safety Authority (HSA) launches inspection campaign to highlight need for increased safety awareness on farms 10 July 2020 The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is undertaking a two-week inspection campaign to highlight on-going safety issues on farms. Starting on Monday 13 July, inspectors will visit farms...

National guidance for employers and employees seeking to engage with remote working solutions. 9 July 2020 This webpage from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation details the guidance already available for employers and employees on working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic across a number of topics...

Company fined €180k following H&S Breaches 9 July 2020 Today (Thursday, 9 July 2020) a farm building company has been fined €180,000 for breaches in health and safety legislation following an incident where an employee fell 6m from a farm building during a re-roofing project. A fine of...

Public Consultation on Guidance for Remote Working 9 July 2020 The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has launched a public consultation on remote working guidelines. It is intended that the guidelines will address issues arising from remote working, including health and safety, employment rights and data protection.  The...

HSA return to work COVID-19 templates, checklists and posters These checklists and templates have been prepared by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to help employers, business owners and managers to get their business up and running again and to inform workers about what they need...

Safety Alert: Use of safety masks designated KN95. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK has issued the following safety alert regarding the use of face masks designated KN95. A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level...

As Ireland has entered Phase 2 of the Government's Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, please click here to access the updated public health advice posters to reflect current advice.  In addition to a new general public health advice poster [Click here to download], the Government has also created “Stay safe...

Preparations for the reactivation of Safe Pass, CSCS and QSCS Courses 4 June 2020 SOLAS has now issued guidelines to all Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and Safe Pass instructors for the reactivation of Safe Pass courses. SOLAS has also issued new Standard Operating Procedures Pandemic Guidelines and...

Study finds workplace bullying costing economy €239m per year 25 May 2020 Source: irishtimes.com A total of 1.7 million days are lost due to workplace bullying at a cost to the economy of €239 million per year, according to new research. The findings are contained in a new NUI Galway study...

Report calls for action on goods vehicle safety 26 May 2020 Source: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) Press Release A recent report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) on the safety of goods transport by road has found that a quarter (25%) of road deaths in the...

Yards and fields must be "no go areas" for children during farm work 22 May 2020 Source: agriland.ie The importance of child safety on farms has been heavily stressed by the Farm Safety Partnership, which said that yards and fields must be “no go areas” for children while...

Healthcare workers account for one third of COVID-19 cases in Ireland 25 May 2020 Source: Irish Independent Healthcare workers make up almost a third of total COVID-19 infections in Ireland - one of the highest proportions in Europe - with the HSE admitting there had been "difficulties" with...

Getting Back to Work - A Checklist for Employers 14 May 2020 With Phase 1 of the Government's roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions and reopening the economy commencing Monday, 18 May, a safe return to the workplace is now a top priority. Getting Back to Work - A Checklist...